Carluke Thistle v Glasgow Irish FC

Carluke Thistle v Glasgow Irish FCSunday 26th March 2017

Sunday Central Division 2A 

The Irish were away from home this week against Carluke Thistle at the John Cummings Stadium on league duty. With Carluke being one of the more impressive teams we have faced this season the Irish knew this would be a very tough game. 

GIFC started the game very well with debutant Ryan Mulhearn impressing immediately at the back with Cameron Mooney, Ross Marshall and Dan McManus matching with some superb defending. 

David Griffin again showed his worth when a series of Carluke corners were dealt with well by the Irish Keeper. 

Shaun Munro gave the Irish the lead on 30 mins after being teed up inside the box by John Biggins. The young midfielder with goal number 10 of a superb first season in GIFC colours. Munro and Stiles Owens with some seriously hard work down the flanks on the day. 0-1. 

This only served to snap Carluke into life and the equaliser came soon after when some ropey defending was punished by a home midfielder. 1-1. 

HT 1-1. 

Carluke looked the better going forward on the day and exploited more poor defending from the Irish when they took the lead just after half time. 1-2. 

To be fair to the Irish the errors weren’t glaring ones, but were punished all the same. Goal number 3 for the home side though had more than a hint of offside as the Carluke forward raced clear to finish. 1-3. 

To their credit the Irish kept pushing with Stephen Cleary and Ryan Mulhearn going close with long range efforts. The game played out after this and what could have been a powder keg fixture passed without any great incident. 

Special mention must go to the Irish back 4 who managed to keep the prolific Carluke forward Telfer from adding to a massive goal haul this season. 

Some major positives can be taken from Sunday’s performance and the players can feel proud of the days efforts. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Ryan Mulhearn, closely followed by the superb Ross Marshall. 
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Glasgow Irish FC v Crownpoint

Glasgow Irish FC v CrownpointSunday 19th March 2017

Sunday Central Division 2A

Scotstoun Stadium Rear
The Irish were at home this weekend versus league leaders Crownpoint looking to improve on a 0-7 thrashing we had taken in the away fixture earlier in the season. 

The Irish welcomed back captain Martin Rice to the starting line up and showed real intent starting with a 3-4-3 formation. With only 2 league fixtures left GIFC are looking to end the season on a positive note following a hard run of games in recent weeks. 

The Irish started well and Crownpoint couldn’t get to grips with the strong running of Shaun Munro and Connor Jack down the left. When the away side did attack, goalkeeper David Griffin was more than capable dealing with any threat coming his way. Ross Marshall, Cameron Mooney and Stuart Taylor all having great starts to the game in the back 3. 

Irish took the lead on 30 mins when a wicked Stuart Taylor free kick found Martin Rice at the back post who bulleted a header off an opposing defender into the roof of the net. 19 goals in 21 games now for Rice. 1-0. 

The Irish should have added to their lead when Connor Jack raced clear of the defence only to shoot straight at the visitors keeper. 

The game took a sinister turn on 40 mins when following a Crownpoint corner the referee was conned into giving a penalty for the most blatant of dives. In the melee that followed he then decided a booking was enough punishment for an opposing player head butting GIFC midfielder Mark Cleary. Utterly shambolic decision making from the official. 

Crownpoint converted the resulting penalty and the teams went in at half time level.1-1

HT 1-1. 

In the restart the refereeing performance went further downhill. This seemed to take a few of the GIFC players heads off the game as bookings and free kicks were being awarded for and against one team only. Mark Paterson, Stiles Owens, Stephen Cleary and Kieran Nicol all came on for the Irish in the second half. 

To their credit the Irish kept attacking but luck wasn’t to be on our side. 

Crownpoint exploited the high Irish line and scored 3 goals on the break late in the 2nd half. 

FT 1-4. 

The Irish management would like to express thanks to our players who yet again showed class in defeat. It’s becoming more and more apparent that some opposing sides haven’t an ounce of restraint in this department. 

Special mention to man of the match Ross Marshall, closely followed by David Griffin. Massive positives can be taken from today in terms of attitude and application. Having to endure some of the decisions given against the team is becoming harder and harder to accept. 

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GIFC Info Update ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

GIFC Info Update
This has been the hardest stage of the season for our team with some poor results and below par performances. Understandably confidence levels have dropped. Things must be put into perspective however. The team is not 9 months old yet and we have the youngest squad at our level without a doubt. We also have a management team who are new to this so errors in judgement have been too many. We have seen squad members come and go so this has always been a work in progress. This is in no way a list of excuses but a small way of explaining where we are at as a club. 

If this was to be looked upon as a social experiment then the support, following and interest we have created has been nothing short of phenomenal. We are known of worldwide and have been encouraged by such support. We also have a solid base of support, mainly through social and alternative media at home here in Glasgow. The recent poor form is hard to take but please be in no doubt plans are already in place to improve our weaker areas both on and off the park. 

Our management team has decided to stay the course and will be doubly eager to start next season with renewed passion and drive. We will look to bring in people we can trust after certain members of the team/Coaching staff left without so much as a goodbye. We promise the players that won’t be the case ever again. 

Next season will see us wear the Ballbhoys Podcast logo on our new home kit. To clear up any misunderstanding this is not a sponsorship but a recognition of our friends at the Ballbhoys Pod. Something unique in amateur football. The team will also be well uniformed in our Matchday tracksuits and bags along with training kit which the players and club done brilliantly well to fund themselves for the most part. 

On the footballing side we have 3 league fixtures remaining. These are against arguably the best 3 teams in the league so there’s an opportunity for the players to regain some pride after our recent difficulties. The hard work and effort the squad have put in since our beginning has been phenomenal. With our first season under our belt and many, many lessons learned we truly feel if we keep the nucleus of the squad together we can approach next year with confidence. Patience and understanding will be needed but there’s no question the hard work and effort will be there. 

We hope we can continue to enjoy the tremendous support and encouragement we have received thus far. 
Mon The Irish. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Glasgow Irish FC v Red Star Baagradeย 

Glasgow Irish FC v Red Star Baagrade Sunday 19th February, Sunday Central Division 2A

Scotstoun Stadium Rear
The Irish were at home this week against Red Star in a game they were expected to win under normal circumstances. What transpired on the day fell way below the standards previous performances had set. 

The game started at a very slow pace with both teams lacking composure in the final third. Danny Singh having the only shot of the first half from distance for the Irish. A lack of passion and drive was clear to see and it came as no surprise when Red Star went one up. 

A free kick from distance crashed off the GIFC crossbar and the Baagrade forward had an easy time of burying the rebound as the GIFC defence stood still. 0-1. 

A goal conceded which only served to highlight the poor form the Irish have been suffering of late. 

HT 0-1. 

The interval seen some harsh words exchanged between the Irish management and players. To their credit the team lifted the tempo in the second half and drew level on 49 mins when captain Martin Rice stepped up to send a wicked free kick beyond the Red Star keeper. Goal number 18 for the big striker this season. 1-1. 

This spurred the Irish into life with Munro and Singh coming to life in the middle of the park.

Irish then went ahead when left back Dan McManus charged up the wing beating 3 men to see his shot deflected into the path of midfielder Ross Marshall who sent a low finish home for a well deserved goal. Marshall getting his rewards for a very hard working performance. 2-1. 

The Irish then lost Martin Rice after an awkward fall seen the forward suffer ankle ligament damage. Kieran Nicol replaced him and joined Mark Paterson up top. 

Defensive frailties were then exposed again when a nothing ball into the box caught the Irish cold and a Red Star midfielder looped a header over keeper Griffin. A truly shocking goal to lose at any level. 2-2. 

Styles Owens, Jack Gordon and Tony Deveney replaced Munro, Marshall and Jack. 

Then came a moment of sheer brilliance from Styles Owens. 

The midfielder won a tackle on the edge of his own box before driving forward and delivering a cross field pass into the path of Mark Paterson who sent a superb finish high into the net. The lively striker with his 7th of the season. 3-2. 

This should have seen GIFC take all 3 points but yet again a ball into the box went unchallenged and allowed an unmarked Baagrade player the simplest of finishes inside the box. 3-3. 

A share of the points probably a fair result on the day. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Dan McManus followed by Stephen Cairns. 
GIFC: Griffin, Cairns, Mooney, Biggins, McManus, Marshall, Munro, Singh, Jack, Rice, Rodgers. 

Subs- Paterson, Deveney, Nicol, Gordon, Styles Owens. 

Gorbals United v Glasgow Irish FC

Gorbals United v Glasgow Irish FC 

Sunday 29th January 2017

Glasgow Green. 

Sunday Central Division 2A

GIFC were away from home in this weeks league match against a strong Gorbals United side after last weeks encouraging cup performance. 

The game started in anything but encouraging fashion when the Gorbals took the lead in 3 mins when midfielder Charles Baldrick sent a 35 yard volley beyond Irish keeper Harry Purves. 1-0. 

This snapped the Irish into life and they hit back on 6 mins when midfielder Mark Cleary broke through the Gorbals defence after a superb pass from younger brother Stephen to guide the ball home for his second goal  in a GIFC shirt. 1-1. 

Both teams were dishing out some unforgiving tackles and it was pleasing to see GIFC match the more physical opponents with no quarter given in any area of the park. 

HT 1-1. 

Mark Paterson and Josh Reilly made way for Ross Marshall and Connor Jack after a hard first half shift on both flanks and the change paid off on 48 mins when Marshall broke down the right and fired over for Connor Jack to glance a header past the Gorbals keeper. The cross from Marshall was perfect and the finish from Jack a real touch of class. 

1-2. 

Martin Rice was causing the Gorbals backline problems all day and should have been more selfish when laying the ball off to the impressive Shaun Munro who was caught offside after the two attackers broke clear of the home defence. 

The Irish got goal number 3 from the penalty spot after Shaun Munro was hauled to the ground inside the box by the Gorbals keeper. Penalty taker Connor Jack stepped up and fired home his 25th goal of the season. 1-3. 

Gerrard Hughes, Styles Owens and Richard McCabe replaced Martin Rice, Shaun Munro and Cameron Mooney before striker Stephen Cleary outpaced the home defence to nutmeg the Gorbals keeper with a wicked finish. The striker with a well earned goal after superb work rate on the day. 1-4. 

Gorbals scored a second after a poor clearance out of defence fell kindly to an oncoming midfielder. 2-4. 

Stephen Cairns then cleared off the goal line in the dying seconds after the Irish had went to sleep at the back. 

FT 2-4. 

A great result and steely performance from GIFC that puts them back to the top of the league although conceding some games in hand. 

Man of the match Mark Cleary followed by John Biggins. 

GIFC v Bardykes Rovers

Glasgow Irish FC v Bardykes RoversHealth Rewards Cup Round 2.

14:15 kick off at Scotstoun Sports Complex.

Sunday 22nd January 2017.

The Irish were in cup competition for the second week running against Bardykes Rovers who sit joint second in their division. GIFC were looking to gather back some lost pride having been on the end of an 8-1 hammering at the hands of Premier champions and current leaders Castlemilk Dynamo the previous week.

The Irish came out of the traps fast and deployed a high pressing game early doors. Strikers Gerry Hughes and Mark Paterson coming closest with early chances.

Top scorer Connor Jack broke the deadlock on 21 mins when he cut inside of the wing and curled a right foot shot into the far top corner. Another great goal from the youngster. 1-0.

Number two came from Mark Paterson when he bundled the ball home from a dangerous corner kick on 29 mins. 2-0.

Gerry Hughes hit the bar from a header and Tony Owens smashed a shot off the post while Shaun Munro and Cameron Mooney also came close to adding to the Irish lead.

Tony Owens then showed why he had warranted a starting slot when he bravely put his head where most wouldn’t put a foot in and won the Irish a penalty with 32 min on the clock. The midfielder causing Bardykes problems the whole first half. Connor Jack stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way to maintain his 100% penalty record. 3-0.

On 37 mins the game was over as a contest when Mark Paterson crashed a shot off the bar which John Biggins gathered on the rebound and sent a cool finish beyond the visiting keeper. 4-0.

HT 4-0.

The Irish started the second half with some changes. Josh Reilly replacing the excellent Tony Owens and Sean Belton replacing captain Stephen Cairns. Mark Cleary being handed the armband for the second half.

Goal number 5 arrived when Connor Jack latched onto a cross from the right and fired the ball home for his hat trick. 5-0.

Shaun Munro then got in on the scoring action with number 6. Some fast moving play down the left ended with the midfielder sweeping the ball home for his 8th of the season. A well deserved goal from the playmaker. 6-0.

Mark Paterson broke free down the right only to be hauled to the ground as he drew back to shoot. Connor Jack took the resulting penalty and got his fourth goal of the game and number 23 in 18 games when he chipped the penalty into the net. 7-0.

Richard McCabe, Ross Marshall and Stephen Cleary replaced Cameron Mooney, Mark Paterson and Gerrard Hughes and it was Stephen Cleary who rounded off the scoring when after a great turn in the box the striker lofted the ball over the keeper to add to his impressive goals tally. 8-0.

FT 8-0.

Man of the match today was Connor Jack closely followed by John Biggins.

All round the Irish were impressive and could have easily doubled the scoreline had they been more ruthless in front of goal.ย 

Red Star Baagrade v Glasgow Irish FC

Red Star Baagrade v Glasgow Irish FC 
Sunday 4th December, Milton of Glasgow. 

Division 2A 
The Irish were away on league duty this week against an in form Baagrade side hoping to get back to winning ways in the league. 

GIFC threatened from the outset and Martin Rice came closest hitting the bar from 25 yards with a stunning free kick. 

It was strike partner Stephen Cleary who gave Irish the lead however with a superb drive across the Baagrade keeper after being sent clear from the outstanding John Biggins. 0-1. 

GIFC hit number two when the prolific Connor Jack smashed a right foot free kick into the far corner of the net after Shaun Munro was brought down 22 yards from goal. 0-2. 

Red Star hit back with a superb set piece of their own. Young keeper Harry Purves beaten by a great effort from 25 yards. 1-2. 

The home side then drew level after some dreadful defending left a striker unmarked to drive home inside the area. 

HT 2-2. 

After some harsh words at half time amongst the squad the Irish went ahead again when left back Stuart Taylor cracked a left foot free kick high past the Red Star keeper from 30 yards. A superb goal from the defender. 2-3. 

GIFC were great to watch when playing the ball on the deck and equally robust against a very physical side. 

Number four was a great flowing move which seen Mark Cleary play a defence splitting pass for Martin Rice to keep his composure and place the ball into the corner. 2-4. 

Red Star never gave up and with 10 mins to go scored another after confusion in the Irish defence let their forward in. 3-4. 

The Irish put the game to bed when Martin Rice flicked the ball on for Mark Cleary to cap a great performance by nicking in front of the Baagrade keeper to lash the ball home. 3-5. 

FT 3-5. 

Man of the match today was John Biggins. Closely followed by Cameron Mooney and Mark Cleary. Mark Paterson and Josh Reilly impressed coming on in the second half.